Pest control businesses have a long history of giving back to their communities. Recent volunteer efforts from a pair of pest control companies — EnviroPest and Northwest Exterminating — are perfect illustrations of this generosity.

Every year, Loveland,Colo.-based EnviroPest closes its office for a day to serve a community non-profit. This year, EnviroPest worked with Habitat for Humanity at a build house and at a ReStore. (ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price.) “Our build team painted and worked on the interior of the project,” said EnviroPest President Kevin LeMasters. “At the ReStore, we sorted donated items and helped get them ready for resale. Some of our team worked outside to better organize the larger items.”

LeMasters added, “Our mission statement is ‘We exist to serve,’ and this is something we work to live out every day with the service we deliver and interaction with customers. But having a day where our staff can be in the community is important to us as well.”

In March, the team at Marietta, Ga.-based Northwest Exterminating came together to support the “From Hope to Hunger” initiative with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). Northwest packed more than 3,000 meals, which will be provided to children across the world to help combat hunger. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that works to ship meals to undernourished children with the help of volunteers and distribution partners. Their mission is “to reach everyone, until ALL are fed.” The organization has provided more than 2 billion meals and counting.

“It was such an honor to get our Northwest teammates together with our co- presidents — Stephen and Stanford Phillips — to spend a few hours serving to make a difference,” said Kristen Milligan, co-director of the Good Deed Team. “Each year, the Good Deed Team sets out to ‘bring simple, meaningful opportunities for our Northwest team to create a positive impact,’ and we feel fortunate to work with many great organizations across Metro Atlanta who are inspiring change in our communities.”

During the course of two days, the 336 volunteers boxed more than 200,000 meals, which will help feed more than 500 children three meals a day for the next year. For more information about FMSC visit www.fmsc.org.

EnivroPest team members donated time and labor to Habitat for Humanity,
Northwest Exterminating’s Good Deed Team packed 3,000 meals for those in need.

McCloud Gives Back to National Charities

Chris McCloud (left) and Pat Hottel.

In March, McCloud Services announced the charitable organizations that will receive a donation as part of its 2017 Employee Incentive Program. In its sixth year, the program has contributed nearly $25,000 to non-profit organizations as part of the company’s philanthropy work.

Charitable organizations receiving donations from the Employee Incentive Program for the 2017 year include St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; American Cancer Society; Boys and Girls Clubs of America; Big Brother, Big Sister; American Red Cross; and the Humane Society.

“We are thrilled to continue the tradition of recognizing our top-performing employees by donating to a charity of their choice. Now in its sixth year, our employee incentive program not only motivates our employees to succeed, but to also give back to their communities,” said Chris McCloud, president and CEO of McCloud Services.

The program rewards team members who exceed production and sales goals for the year with an employee incentive program that gives back to the community. All individual performance winners have the opportunity to select a qualified non-profit organization for which McCloud Services makes a donation on their behalf. Recognized team members also receive a company-paid trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico. The 2017 Incentive Program winners include: Patricia Hottel; Phillip Dowdy; Jeff Dawes; Josh Rose; Doug Dempler; Noel Rodriguez; Chris Fowler; Sharon Rejsek; Jeff Jones; and Johnny Overton.

In addition, in 2015 McCloud Services created the Walter Award to honor members of the McCloud team who consistently model and promote outstanding leadership qualities and behaviors. Out of numerous nominees, Hottel, the company’s technical director, was honored with the third Walter Award for her contributions in the areas of character, innovation, teamwork, core values and leadership.